TEAM

Sarah Roxburgh, Esq.
Co-Executive Director and Chief of Operations

 

Sarah Roxburgh became co-Executive Director and Chief of Operations at VLS in 2010, after previously serving as a staff attorney. She has led VLS through several capacity-building initiatives, including with Social Innovation Forum (2014), the Nonprofit Learning Institute (2016), and Social Venture Partners, Boston (2018-2021). Sarah has served on Social Innovation Forum’s Alumni Council, which helps identify gaps in support for nonprofits. In 2019, she was named co-Lawyer of the Year by the Frank J. Murray Inn of Court.

 

Sarah received her B.A. from Northeastern University and her J.D. from New England Law | Boston. Upon graduation, she received the New England Law | Boston Dean Timothy J. Cronin, Jr. Memorial Award for the graduate with the most outstanding contribution to public service.

Anna Richardson, Esq.
Co-Executive Director and Chief Counsel

 

Anna Richardson became co-Executive Director and Chief Counsel at VLS in 2010, after previously serving as a staff attorney. In 2019, she was named co-Lawyer of the Year by the Frank J. Murray Inn of Court and was also a Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly "Top Women in the Law" honoree. In addition to her legal work at VLS, Anna has led trainings on veterans’ legal issues for the Boston Bar Association, the Legal Advocacy and Resource Center, and various legal services agencies throughout Massachusetts.

Anna received her B.A. from Boston College and her J.D. from Boston University School of Law. She currently serves on the board of the Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee, appointed by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

Angie Vargas Martin, Esq.
Pro Bono Director

 

Angie Vargas Martin directs VLS's pro bono network, which features 200-plus volunteer attorneys from around the state. She has practiced public interest law, advocating for the rights of individuals in underserved populations, since 2008.

 

Angie has worked as a staff attorney at the Clubhouse Family Legal Support Project of the Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee and at the Disability Law Center (DLC). She spent almost 9 years at DLC, advocating for Massachusetts residents with mental health, physical and intellectual disabilities in cases involving abuse & neglect, human rights, housing, and employment discrimination.

 

Angie received her B.A. from Stonehill College and her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law. 

Noel Martin Rubio
Communications & Development Director

 

Noel Martin Rubio executes VLS’s communications and development strategy. He engages VLS's leadership, staff, Board, and partners to increase VLS’s visibility and reach, secure diverse funding to sustain and evolve its programs, and achieve the smart growth of its annual budget at scale.

Noel’s work with mission-focused and legal organizations has spanned six countries and several practice areas. At one time, he coordinated eight award-winning economic and community development programs cumulatively valued at $40 million+ while also co-managing successful federal and corporate funding proposals for $500,000 to $20 million initiatives.

Noel holds a B.A. in public policy studies, health, and development from the University of Chicago. He grew up near Manila, Philippines, and on the island of Guam, which has some of the highest military enlistments—and unmet human services needs—per capita of any U.S. state or territory.

Eve Elliott, Esq.
Director of Student and Fellowship Programs &
Senior Staff Attorney

 

Eve Elliott first joined VLS as a Law Student Advocate in 2010 and then as a Staff Attorney in 2013. She specializes in a variety of civil matters, including family law, housing, public benefits, and consumer debt. Eve coordinates VLS's legal clinics at the Edith Nourse Rogers VA Medical Center, in Bedford, the Veterans Northeast Outreach Center in Haverhill, and the Norfolk County Veterans Treatment Court, in Dedham. She also oversees VLS's student and fellowship programs.

Eve is a regularly featured panelist on Boston Bar Association webinars for attorneys and law students.

Eve received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and her J.D. from New England Law | Boston. She worked as a paralegal prior to law school with a solo practitioner, a large Boston law firm, and in-house at an area investment company.

Julie Frohlich, Esq.
Senior Staff Attorney

 

Julie Frohlich draws upon decades of civil trial experience to assist homeless and low-income veterans in a range of civil legal practice areas, including landlord/tenant law, family law, and benefits. Julie spent years as a solo and small-firm practitioner in addition to 17 years practicing at Goulston & Storrs, the last 13 years as a partner, and 2 years at Hale and Dorr. Prior to private practice, Julie clerked for Justice Ruth I. Abrams of the Supreme Judicial Court. She also spent 16 years as a volunteer attorney for the Massachusetts Legal Clinic for the Homeless, at Pine Street Inn, and St. Francis House shelters.

 

Julie graduated magna cum laude from Boston University School of Law, where she was an editor on the law review, and received a B.A. in political science from The George Washington University. She has held leadership positions in the legal community, including with the Boston Bar Association and GLBTQ Advocates & Defenders, and has frequently lectured and written on litigation issues. 

Scott Pitta, Esq.
Staff Attorney

 

Scott Pitta is a US Army combat veteran who served in Iraq from late 2003 until early 2005 as a Blackhawk helicopter pilot. After his time in the Army, he worked as a helicopter pilot for various federal government contractors and as an emergency medical helicopter captain.
 

Scott earned his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in 2020 as a distinguished graduate of the Trial and Appellate Advocacy program. Scott brings experience representing clients in various probate and family court cases, as well as administrative cases. He holds a Master’s of Aeronautical/Astronautical Science and is an FAA certified airline transport pilot.  

Heather Rick
Business Manager & Program Data Analyst

 

Heather Rick began with VLS handling veteran triage, drawing on her experience and training as an interfaith chaplain to create a welcoming and compassionate environment for veterans seeking legal services. Heather now brings her knowledge of VLS's infrastructure and work flow processes to VLS's business management and program data needs.

 

She earned an A.S. in paralegal studies from Mount Wachusett Community College, a B.A. in religion from Smith College, and an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, where she specialized in religion and pop culture in the United States. 

Mollie Parkinson
Eligibility & Outreach Specialist

 

Mollie Parkinson is in her third year at Northeastern University, where she is pursuing a B.S. in Psychology and Theatre. Originally from Seattle, WA, she came to Boston to pursue schooling and plans to attend law school after graduation. 

She began working at VLS through Northeastern’s co-op program, and she’s excited to have the opportunity to explore her interests in the law while helping those in need of legal services.

Hayden Latimer-Ireland
Member, ALA-Massachusetts
 

Hayden Latimer-Ireland is serving at Veterans Legal Services during her one-year term as a member of the AmeriCorps Legal Advocates of Massachusetts (ALA-Massachusetts), supporting the legal services team with general client advocacy tasks. Hayden grew up in Somerville, MA, and graduated with a B.A. in political science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst Commonwealth Honors College in May 2022.

 

While completing her undergraduate studies, Hayden spent two years working in her university's legal services office. Her experience sparked her interest in civil legal aid work. She is excited to advance her passion and expertise in leveraging the law as a tool to improve people’s lives throughout her service period with VLS and beyond.

LAW STUDENTS

Chelsey Carel

Law Student Advocate

Chelsey Carel is in her second year of studies at New England Law | Boston. She is from Nebraska and has served in the U.S. Navy for over six years. After training, Chelsey was stationed in Fort Meade, MD, and then aboard the USS Ross (DDG-75) in Spain for two years.

 

While on active duty, Chelsey completed her A.A. in General Studies and her B.S. in Investigative Forensics at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC), currently known as the University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC). She enrolled in law school out of a desire to help people through mission-oriented work with a nonprofit legal organization. Chelsey joined Veterans Legal Services as a law student advocate to help veterans like herself with their pressing and diverse civil legal issues. 

Samantha Downing

Law Student Advocate

Samantha is in her third year of studies at the University of Massachusetts School of Law | Dartmouth. She graduated with a B.A. in political science from Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, MA, in May 2020. 

During her undergraduate studies, Samantha worked as a paralegal. Her experience sparked her interest in advocating for those in need. She is eager to assist veterans with civil legal services needs during her term with VLS while also furthering her personal and professional interests in various civil practice areas of the law.

Lauren Machinchick

Law Student Advocate

Lauren comes to VLS as a second-year law student at New England School of Law | Boston. She graduated cum laude from Fitchburg State University in Fitchburg, MA, with a focus on interdisciplinary studies and a minor in political science.

 

After enjoying a career as a legal assistant in Concord, NH, Lauren decided to go back to school to earn her J.D. so she would be able to offer legal services to people who need it the most. Lauren comes from a military family, and several of her close family members are veterans. Lauren has always had respect and admiration for those who serve their country, and she looks forward to passionately advocating for veterans with civil legal needs. Lauren plans to graduate from law school with a specialization in public interest law with the aim of building a career as an effective advocate for all those who are under-resourced and under-represented.

ACCESS TO JUSTICE FELLOWS

Pamela Meister, Esq.
Access to Justice Fellow

 

Pamela Meister is an Access to Justice Fellow who works with VLS, primarily on policy issues. She retired from the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine (BORIM) in 2015. While at BORIM, she prosecuted complaints of physician misconduct and represented the Board in complex administrative proceedings. She also advised staff concerning privacy laws and public records.

 

Pamela spent 12 years as an Assistant Attorney General in Massachusetts, specializing in elder and consumer matters. She managed a U.S. Department of Justice grant to train law enforcement officials and advocates to better identify, investigate and prosecute elder abuse. She headed a multidisciplinary team that developed statewide conferences and drafted elder policies for police departments. Pamela is a frequent speaker on elder and consumer issues and recipient of an Attorney General Award for Excellence.

 

Earlier in her legal career, Pamela was a trial attorney in the Civil Division, Torts Branch of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., where she defended the government in multi-million dollar toxic tort cases. She also worked in private practice in Massachusetts and Texas. Pamela has served on the boards of the Women’s Bar Association and the Women’s Bar Foundation. She is active in her local Historical Commission and Historical Society.

Michelle Wolf, Esq.
Access to Justice Fellow

 

Michelle Wolf is a 2022-2023 Lawyers Clearinghouse Access to Justice Fellow and is working with VLS to explore the possibility of tapping the vast Boston-area medical community to provide free or low-cost independent medical opinions to support veterans seeking disability benefits from the VA and educate attorneys and clients about how to collaborate with medical personnel most effectively.
 

Michelle spent the first 20 years of her legal career as a health care lawyer, and in 2012 she opened her own law practice focusing exclusively on representing veterans and their
families seeking disability and survivors’ benefits from the VA. She has singlehandedly helped more than 60 clients and secured well over $1.5 million in benefits for them. Michelle is also an active member of the National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates and the Boston Bar Association’s Veterans and Servicemembers Law Forum.

 

Michelle received a B.S. in Psychology from Georgetown University, an M.B.A. from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a J.D. from the Boston University School of Law.